Remember when Paul proposed to Diana via a romantic helicopter trip??  I do – it was one of my favourite experiences of my career so far.  Well, they’re now happily married, and with a little one on the way! I was thrilled when they got in touch with me again for photos of the next major milestone in their lives.

I headed out to Tofield for winter maternity photos on the farm where they live.  I was fascinated by some of the animals that Paul has hunted and now has beautifully displayed in their home. He and Diana are over the moon in love with each other, and I can just imagine how incredibly loved this little baby is going to be.

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Pinch me. Honestly.  I just got home from a trip to Vancouver, and thought about all the traveling I have done in the last few years. It’s a great joy in my life to get to explore the world, and I’m so incredibly lucky to have the flexibility with my career to take vacations and work in different places.  I’ve never had a bucket list, but I have a travel wish list I’ll never get through in a lifetime.  I’ve fallen so deeply in love with Hawaii that I’ll be back there twice more before wedding season hits!

The opportunity to shoot Grace & Yang on the stunning island of Kauai was fantastic.  They brought me to one of my favourite places in the world, how could I say no!  Instead of just shooting on one day, I twisted their arm to let me shoot them twice (I was just a bit excited) and we explored both the South shore of Kauai at Shipwreck Beach and also the North shore at Hanalei Bay and the Napali Coast.  We had some fantastic meals together as well, and a LOT of fun hanging out.  I absolutely adore these two.

**IF YOU’RE THINKING OF GETTING MARRIED IN HAWAII, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU! PLEASE EMAIL info@shandrophoto.com**

I’m going to put the behind-the-scenes first this time – thanks to Michael for coming with me to assist.

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And without further ado….Hawaii engagement photos with Grace & Yang!

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I have been looking forward to Courtney and Jeff’s wedding since the spring. When I shot Courtney and Jeff’s engagement everything was just so easy. They looked great, we got along great, the chemistry was evident, and the pictures showed it. I couldn’t wait to make more images of them. They are a gorgeous couple, don’t you agree?

In the days leading up to the wedding, Edmonton experienced unseasonably warm weather. The mercury hit the double digits and much of the snow melted. Courtney had been hoping for a snowy winter wedding, and the day before the wedding it got cold and it snowed on her wedding day!

The ceremony and reception were both held in the Wedgewood room at the Edmonton Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. The team at FaBLOOMosity did an incredible job with the flowers.

Venue: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Florist: faBLOOMosity
Hair: Jennifer Chivers
Makeup: Blushed Beaute
Cake: Cake Affair
Dresses and Suits: Bridal House

– Michael

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  1. Venessa posted the following on February 18, 2015 at 3:22 pm.

    Gorgeous, Michael! I love that you and Bruce are wearing matching outfits :)


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I got to go and take engagement photos of Karissa and Logan during the great January heat wave of 2015. Their wedding is going to be in a rural setting, so we did the opposite for their engagement photos and took them downtown. We had a lot of fun. It was like hanging out with old friends. I can’t wait to travel to Lac La Biche for the wedding this summer.

– Michael

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Yang proposed to Grace in Banff so it was an obvious choice for them to have Banff engagement photos!  Despite some chilly and windy conditions, we had a wonderful time exploring the beautiful natural areas around the town of Banff.  This sweet couple was up for anything including hiking up a hill in heeled boots (Grace, not Yang of course…) and snuggling in the snow.  I can’t wait for our next shoot together!

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I have been waiting for AGES to share this wedding with you, and it’s been hard not to!  Jessica & Aleem had the honour of having the first Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel Wedding! When news of their gorgeous wedding and brand new hotel reached Blush Magazine, they asked us if they’d be able to publish it even before the wedding had happened!  You can see the feature in Blush’s latest edition, out now.

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An incredible couple plus a dream team of vendors…we couldn’t really go wrong. Jessica & Aleem’s wedding was fun and modern from start to finish.  Jessica & Aleem are sweet, smiley, and so close to their friends and family, the entire wedding felt like one big amazing party.

For any couples considering a wedding at the Renaissance, I can say from personal experience that it is a gorgeous venue, the staff is amazing, and the meal was easily one of the best I’ve had in the last 9 years as a wedding photographer.  Don’t let the drive out of the city fool you – this is a fantastic option for a wedding.

Thanks so much to Bruce for spending this Starbucks-fueled weekend with me.  Best work husband a girl could ask for!

Planner: Atmosphere Weddings
Venue: Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel
Florist: faBLOOMosity
Decor: Site 6 Events
DJ: DJ Kwake from Urban Metropolis
Hair & Makeup: Miss Vautour Makeup Artistry
Reception backdrop design: PinkPolka Invitations and Stationery 

The week began with Ismaili wedding customs and ceremony, and then a civil ceremony and reception at the Renaissance.

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For anyone who hasn’t seen this ceremony before, the groom’s family and friends basically take the opportunity to douse him in the grossest possible food items (think sardines, BBQ sauce, eggs etc).  I had about two million mosquito bites – they were quite attracted to the honey being poured on Aleem, and I was right in the swarm!

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  1. Erika Mann posted the following on January 23, 2015 at 11:36 am.

    Awesome job you guys. One of my favourites of yours.


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If Grace & Jon’s wedding is any indication about how 2015 is going to go, I’m as happy as a clam!

Despite frigid temperatures, these two lovebirds had a beautiful wedding in Banff at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge.  True to form, I managed to fall through the ice on the lake, and I VERY much enjoyed the hot tub at the hotel to thaw my toes out….but Grace & Jon barely seemed to notice the cold – they only had eyes for each other, even as the storm rolled in.

Grace & Jon’s story is straight out of a Hollywood movie, with a chance meeting at a vet clinic leading to a fairytale wedding!  In the middle of the ceremony, Jon stumbled over a few of his words, and quite literally blamed it on being lost in Grace’s eyes. So romantic!!!  They are completely adorable, lighthearted, family-oriented, and an incredible amount of fun.

A BIG thank you to Grace & Jon’s entire bridal party for helping to make the day fantastic as well (and the party back in Edmonton WOOHOO!!) – it was awesome meeting you all and you kept me laughing the whole day.

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Happy 2015 everyone! What better way to start the year than with a beautiful new little baby girl. Congratulations to Carrie & Nick on welcoming their sweet daughter. It always really cool when my wedding couples come back to see me when they start their families!

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We were lucky enough on our recent trip to Maui to have one of my best friends and her husband join us in paradise!  We loved being part of Julia & Richard’s wedding just over a year ago, and had a fantastic time exploring Maui with them.  Before we headed to a luau together we squeezed in a quick photo shoot on the beach.  I have a major love affair with Hawaii, and I can’t wait to go back!

For anyone who may not know, we have a condo in Kihei on the island of Maui that we run as a vacation rental. The beach where these photos were taken is just across the street! If you’re looking for a stress-free getaway, please have a look at our listing here: http://www.vrbo.com/506942

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Anyone who has worked with me knows that when I get really excited when I’m shooting I tend to squeal.  Really high-pitched. And sometimes I even wave my arms around.  I can’t help it – when I’m inspired and excited it literally manifests as a physical reaction.  This shoot with Stacia was exactly that from start to finish.

I’ve adored this girl since we first met about their wedding photography.  She is as gorgeous on the inside as she is on the outside, and I have always enjoyed spending time with her.  She’s a fantastic teacher and I’m sure will be an incredible mother.  Leading up to her shoot the weather turned extremely cold (-30 celcius!) but this fearless girl was still game to head outside for her dream shoot.  I absolutely love the dress that she chose for her session, she looks like a beautiful wintry princess.  Thanks for braving the cold with me Stacia!  I can’t wait to meet your little one!

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  1. Rajendra Pejavar posted the following on December 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm.

    Your introductory remarks are equally marvelous as your photographs…

  2. Michael Shandro posted the following on December 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm.

    Thank you so much!


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